tv Florida Republican Convention and Straw Poll CSPAN November 29, 2015 1:55pm-2:18pm EST
he speaks here at the florida republican party convention where he is introduced by his son, florida state commerce secretary jeb bush. vice president bush won the florida primary in march 1988 on his way to the republican nomination. he defeated michael dukakis in the 1988 general election to become the nation's 41st president. [cheers and applause] >> where's george? come on up. introducing the next candidate is my brother george bush and my daughter noel bush. next speaker is a man of tremendous couriers, conviction and experience.
i would like to talk a little bit about courage. he was the young us navy pilot in world war ii. he got his wings when he was 19 years old, flew 58 combat missions. he has three are metals, including the distinguished flying cross. his courage and complete disregard for his own safety, both impressing helmet is attack and accurate any aircraft fire and in continuing his that on the target after being hit and his plan on fire were all in keeping with the highest traditions of the united's nails service. [laughter] -- [applause] his courage has been exemplified threat his life. another great american patriot, oliver north said, in describing -- [cheers and applause] in describing my dad's role in keeping democracy in el salvador , he said "his actions were one
of the latest things i've seen from anybody. not just the vice president, but anybody. oliver north said that. bush has the experience necessary to be a great president. he was a successful businessman, a good congressman, and ambassador to the united nations, chairman of the republican national committee. he was a committeeman and a county chairman and he is proud that there are grassroots activists out there working for republicans at all levels because he did it. china,a messenger to director of the cia, loyal and effective vice president to a great president, ronald reagan. and through those experiences -- [applause] he has developed convictions about the role -- limiting the role of government and keeping america strong. i can't youl note, that, despite the fact that he has been an actually busy man all his life, george bush has
been a great men to my great mother, barbara, for 42 years. he has been a great father to george, myself and our three other brothers and sisters. and he has been a great grandfather. we are privileged to be here helping him become the next president of the united states and we ask you to do the same. ladies and gentlemen, the next president of the united states, george bush! ♪
bush: i'm very proud to stand here and have the support of governor bob martinez, the lieutenant governor, and so many republican representatives, and so many individuals working hard to build the republican party. i would say let us dominate somebody in 1988 to get on top of the ticket and let's help elect a republican to the united states senate in 1988. [applause]
mr. george h. w. bush: florida is very successful to me because of the success in 1982 and the florida task force and its attacks on illegal drugs. this came about through citizen per dissipation and a request from the miami citizens for a coalition against crime. we have been able to collate all -- coalesce all of the forces to fight the drug smugglers who were pumping their poison into every son and .aughter into america
we wanted to stop the flow of drugs across our borders. as you can see -- [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: i am committed to this fight, as a parent, as a grandparent, and to me, it gets right back to education. let's get the drug dealers out of our schools and let's get reading, writing, and arithmetic back into our schools. [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: the fight against drugs, the fight against international terror, representing our country in 76 foreign countries abroad, i have been telling my vice president, this is all part of my work is
the new challenge of running for president of the united states. [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: i mean to run hard, to fight hard, and to stand on the issues and to win. but let me add this, let me add have been a loyal vice president, i have been a good vice president, and i will continue to be loyal to this president. top of thee at the latter is to shove the president down a notch or two shot him away when the going gets tough, i am not willing to pay that price. [applause] in therge h. w. bush: months ahead -- [applause] crowd: we want bush!
we want bush! mr. george h. w. bush: in the months from now, we have got to get the deficit under control, but the answer is to keep the taxes down and to give the ,resident the line item veto and i will take that case all across this country. [applause] the topge h. w. bush: priority to me in the 1990's is education. literate, well educated america, and that is the answer to poverty, that is the answer to competitiveness around the world, and that is the way to take kids out of the inner city and given a good, fast place to start from in our competitive society. you know, i saw something a couple of weeks ago that symbolizes the american desire to look ahead, and that was a camp. i went to -- that was space
camp. over ino one alabama, but soon, they will be all over. the united states must always have a bold, strong, competitive, manned space program, and i want to lead the way. [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: another issue, another issue, freedom around the world. the 80's have been a decade of triumph. this is a time when the forces cameope and liberation from the heavens above, and when the president came into office, fewer than one third of people in our atmosphere -- in our hemisphere lived in a democracy, but now that is over 90% and no exceptions remain. cuba actively seeks to subvert their neighbors by using a
policy of revolution without borders, and so already, you right here in this room, you know better than anyone else how calamitous castro has been for cuba, for the hemisphere, and for the world. in just over a quarter of a century, he has taken one of the hemisphere's strongest and most productive economies and ruined it. he's sold the soil and the sons of humans to the soviet union for weapons and subsidies to keep him in power to the tune of $5.4 billion last year. he has impoverished and in prison to his people and he has also sent them off to fight in foreign lands, mercenaries, for the soviet causes. troops in,500 cuban angola, there are more than what is in other armies, and believe
me, they are very aggressive. that is a live one thing can help against that, and that is strength. in order to meet that strength in afghanistan and south america, sometimes we have got to take risks to preserve freedom, to preserve democracy. at the central intelligence agency, i was once a director there, there was misinformation and propaganda the vernacular, lies, and i saw how important the cia is to our national security, and i don't care what the liberals say, as president, i will strengthen the cia and not weaken it. [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: i am very proud -- crowd: bush!
bush! bush! bush! mr. george h. w. bush: i am very proud that we have stood up for freedom in the last few years, and how well i remember the at granada, and the slogan, "getting keys, don't go home!" i will never forget it -- "y ankees, don't go home!" and i will never forget it. [applause] we havege h. w. bush: seen what cuba has become, a menace to our people and our neighbors around the world, and we have learned the lessons of history. we must never allow nicaragua to become a second cuba, and what nicaragua is what we
seek for all countries, peacefulness and democracy. the contrast in that there was a proposal of power for the administration of our president several years ago. bring in the negotiations to washington is not the answer. let the leaders do the negotiating with the contras and contras in- the nicaragua, not the speakers and the congressman in washington. [applause] ,r. george h. w. bush: frankly i hope these talks duly to something. we want to negotiate a settlement. the resistance is a sham, and illusion of progress -- an
illusion of progress. you know the ortega plan of yesterday is a joke, but let me just say this about the future. as president, i will never leave the contras twisting in the wind. [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: we seek peace, but not at the expense of freedom. we seek a government committed to freedom and democracy, a government that respects human rights and sovereignty of its neighbors, a piece that does not publish that -- a peace that is not accomplish that is just another word for surrender. is nothing more strongly than our own front yard and her own neighbors of central -- our
own neighbors of central america. wasknow, an experience i insured with you and i will repeat today, we want sharpened our conviction about the president of the united states. i think the people in 1988 are going to one of president that has a broad experience. i believe that. well, we madeid, " the wrong mistakes." you got to think about it. [laughter] mr. george h. w. bush: everyone is going to make mistakes. but if you had experience in dealing with the world as it is, if you know the world leaders, you are much apt to make the wrong mistake. i was in poland with barbara the ther day, and there we met proud founder and leader of solidarity who was crushed in 1981. a fine, outstanding, patriotic
leader of that union. meeting he came up there, met with us, and -- what in the world is happening? [laughter] mr. george h. w. bush: he came down to meet with us in warsaw, , thehere, i saw the leader man that had founded this free trade union, and we rode with him the next day in our limousine in downtown warsaw in that war-torn part of the country. told theh government polish flag off of the right fender of the car, but we didn't need the polish flag because of
the left offender was the stars & stripes. as we drove downtown -- [applause] mr. george h. w. bush: with the police and all of that, we stood at the grave of the priests of that had been fallen, had been murdered and martyred by the i,ret police of poland, and on your behalf, laid on the grave the solidarity banner, and the cheers of the polish people couldn't be contained by the government, "long live bush! long live a reagan! -- live reagan! long live the united states of america!" if ever i need a reason to run for president, it was the people, it wase the image of that flag flying in warsaw, it is what we stand for, the freedoms that some of us take for granted every single day of our lives. let me say this, i'm --
[applause] mr. george h. w. bush: i'm a doer, not a dreamer. i am a man who 40 years ago put everything i had into a red studebaker and drove down to west texas to make a leading -- a living. i note the joy of making a productive base for this country, and i am a man who fought in combat, and it is tough to battling as the tyranny in world war ii, and i was shot down in combat on my 20th birthday. i am a man who took charge of the cia at its darkest hour and lifted up its spirit and strengthened it, and i learned there to see the world as it is, the reality, not as i wish it were, but as it is. finally, i am a man who is worked for, and side-by-side for, many years, with our great president. i have seen the unexpected crisis that can arise in an
urgent cable, i have seen the problems that can happen in an instant, and the need for an instant resolution. the presidency isn't like anything else. i was in congress, it is nothing like being a member of the united states senate or the united states house or like being a governor. a presidency can shape and an -- can shape an era, and it can know, whatives, so i it all comes down to in this election, what it all comes down to is the man at the desk, who should it be? someoneican people want who has broad experience tested by fire, tested by years of talent, tested by years of challenge, and willing to run when the going gets tough. i love my country too much. i love my children and my grandchildren too much to run for the job if i didn't think, if i didn't know, that i am the
best man for it. today -- [applause] andgeorge h. w. bush: today, i need your support. i need your support and i know me and i ask you to vote for because of this convention is going to send a message across the united states of america, and he who wins it will be the next president of the united states. thank you all very much. ♪